Jeb Bush is trying to punk y’all

By Amanda Marcotte
Tuesday, June 12, 2012 14:24 EDT
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In today’s utter and total horseshit news, Jeb Bush is making headlines by claiming that the Republicans would have found his father (noticeably not mentioned; his brother) and Reagan too moderate to nominate now. This is the sort of thing that more liberal-leaning media loves to highlight for its neener-neener quality, which I don’t have a problem with per se. It is relevant to note that even many Republicans are alarmed at the right wing bent of their party. But one needs to be careful to look at these stories critically, especially when considering ludicrous arguments like suggesting that Reagan was anything but a right wing radical who laid the groundwork for decades of racism-tinged fighting over what should be non-controversial social safety net programs. Also, Bush’s only real intention here is to blame Obama:

“His first year could have been a year of enormous accomplishment had he focused on things where there was more common ground,” he said, arguing that Obama had made a “purely political calculation” to run a sharply partisan administration.

The problem with that comment is it’s a pure, unadulterated lie. Obama didn’t run a sharply partisan administration, but instead spent his first years in office dicking around trying to get Republican votes on various bills, working under the false assumption that Republicans give a flying fuck about this country and can be coaxed into supporting bills that prevent its destruction. It’s only really been the last year that the administration gave up running to the press with the reach-across-the-aisle rhetoric to admit what anyone paying attention has seen since day one, which is that Republicans will fight Obama on anything, but especially on any idea that they believe would do the country good. They want to burn the country to the ground so they can blame him for it, full stop. No other motivations are in play. That’s why, when Obama takes an idea Republicans came up with that actually seemed mildly pro-save-America, they fought him on those, too. 

Bush is just pulling the same old victim-blaming trick of claiming that reactionary extremism is the fault of progressives for having the nerve to ask for things, much less get them, no matter how mild. He should be paid no mind, and certainly not rewarded from this left for this nonsense. 

Amanda Marcotte
Amanda Marcotte
Amanda Marcotte is a freelance journalist born and bred in Texas, but now living in the writer reserve of Brooklyn. She focuses on feminism, national politics, and pop culture, with the order shifting depending on her mood and the state of the nation.
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